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The Pirates of Penzance
BUY TICKETS 7.30pm Thursday 1 August
OPERA captured live at the English National Opera and returning to cinemas.
Sentimental pirates, blundering policeman, absurd adventures and improbable paradoxes – Gilbert and Sullivan’s dazzling comic opera is directed by renowned film maker Mike Leigh.
This showcase of brilliant humour and razor-sharp wit and features a sparkling score chock-full of memorable melodies and catchy tunes. With stylish designs from Alison Chitty, this vibrant production is conducted by David Parry. The superb cast includes the ever-versatile Andrew Shore as the very model of a modern Major-General, Jonathan Lemalu as the affectionate parody of the British bobby, Robert Murray as the innocent pirate-apprentice Frederic, and Rebecca de Pont Davies as the older woman who has designs on him.
It’s certainly a jolly good show, directed and performed with meticulous care…Leigh has played it straight. As anyone who has seen his wonderful film Topsy-Turvy will know, he has a deep respect and affection for these operettas, and he’s not out to subvert or disparage them. The action is traditionally interpreted and as crisply paced as Gilbert himself would have wished. The costumes are Victorian period, nobody takes their trousers off, and the libretto is honoured without superfluous vulgarities or additions. Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph
Sung in English
Tickets: Full £15 Adult concessions £14 19-30 £11.50 18 & under £10
Running time: 2 hrs 10 mins (inc one interval)
Doors open: 7pm
Certificate: This screening is certified PG for mild threat – see BBFC for details.